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Fairfield Stags vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/23/13

Louisville Cardinals (2-0) at Fairfield Stags (1-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Mohegan Sun Arena)

The Line: Fairfield Stags +25 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The second ranked Louisville Cardinals take the floor against the upset minded Fairfield Stags.

Louisville has started off as expected with four consecutive routs at they begin their quest for a second straight National Championship. Some will say the early season schedule is nothing but lower tier teams but the Cardinals are winning big which is what good teams do. Hartford received an up close look at the Cardinals and didn't like the view in an 87-48 defeat in which the deficit was 21 after 20 minutes. Louiville sank half their shots and held the Hawks to 41% shooting while forcing 26 turnovers and garnering 19 more looks. Montrezl Harrel led all scorers with 20 points and nine boards with Russ Smith adding 14 while Chris Jones and Chane Behanan tossed in eleven points apiece.

Fairfield Stags vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/23/13

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Fairfield has gradually lost some familiar faces that made this team one of the best in the MAAC. One thing that hasn't changed and is more important then ever is the need to the scoreboard through a slow pace to milk the clock and minimize possessions. The Stags are keeping the scoreboard from lighting up but their own offense is struggling mightily to stay competitive. Their 63-49 defeat to Holy Cross was case in point with Crusaders sinking shots at 48% and FF at only 33%. That was the deciding factor with HC posting six more makes and an edge at the stripe. Fairfield received a game high 26 points from Marcus Gilbert on 8-17 marksmanship with Amadou Sidibe the next highest with six points and a monster 16 rebounds.

Louisville is in the driver's seat here although this is essentially a home game for Fairfield. If the Cardinals play as they have they can cover this huge spread...

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